TIMES: Telemedicine in Milwaukee Elementary Schools
School-based health clinics, staffed by an interdisciplinary team of nurse practitioners (NP), registered nurses (RN), medical assistants (MA) and a consulting physician, can provide acute and primary care services to elementary school children. Because of cost constraints, however, this team can only be on-site with children on a limited basis. When the NP is not on-site, children with asthma, skin rashes, wounds, and ear/throat infections may be sent home to await treatment – often missing multiple days of school and falling behind in their lessons. This model could be made more effective by utilizing telemedicine technology to allow the RN or MA to access the off-site medical director or NP for teleconferencing, diagnosis, treatment planning and disposition.
Six Milwaukee elementary schools for a total population of approximately 800 students, the majority of which are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (which can be an indication of high poverty level).
May 2007 - June 2008
Russell and Betty Shaw Foundation
Milwaukee Public Schools
Aurora UW Medical Group
John Brill, MD, MPH
Aurora School-Based Health Team
Teresa Rommelfanger, RN,FNP
Victoria Carlson-Oehlers RN, CPNP
Center for Urban Population Health
Jennifer Evertsen, MS
Jessica Bergstrom, MPH